“A strongly –programmed disc ... The Watkins – Paul on cello and Huw on piano – bring these intriguingly different works to life with confident and cerebral playing. The balance and sound are good, and the booklet is well presented, with intelligent and informative notes.”
EM Marshall-Luck – Spirited-The Gazette of the English Music Festival – December 2012
“... The Watkinses play with polish and verve...”
David Moore – American Record Guide – March/April 2013
"...Eloquent British cello works receive ardent advocacy... a fine release which certainly whets the appetite for volume two." ****½
Clive Paget - Limelight magazine - March 2013
**** - Excellent
Bernado Pieri – Musica magazine – March 2013
“...Paul Watkins continues his Chandos series , this time in duo with his composer-pianist brother Huw, with a neatly planned and recorded progamme ...”
Edward Bhesania – The Strad – February 2013
"The Watkins brothers explore century-straddling cello works. it is particularly gratifying to see that the rich repertoire of 19th-and early 20th century British cello music, like its considerable counterpart for the violin, is at last being acknowledged and , in performances of this excellence, insight and clarity, the works on this recording surely deserve to be aired more frequently..."
Jeremy Dibble - Gramophone magazine - February 2013
"... Throughout, there is keen emotional input from both performers. This well-balanced, highly enjoyable and excellently recorded programme begins a series that surely has numerous instalments to come, with the cello sonatas of Standford, Bridge, Bax, Ireland and Moeran - to name just a few - hopefully being candidates for the much-anticipated forthcoming releases."
Ben Hogwood - ClassicalSource.com - 26 December 2012
"... all nicely played by Paul and Hugh Watkins ..."
Peter Spaull - Liverpool Daily Post - 20 December 2012
“...On this Chandos disc the Watkins brothers make a fine partnership clearly relishing this type of repertory. Both easily adapt to the demands of the writing playing with precision and rich expression yet when necessary they demonstrate their sensitivity. The playing is technically secure with both instruments having an attractive timbre. Recorded at the Potton Hall the sound quality is very acceptable, clear with an excellent balance. Lovers of British chamber music will want to own this release.”
Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – 30 November 2012
Performance **** Recording ****
Geoff Brown - BBC Music magazine - December 2012
“... Paul Watkins shows himself once again to be peerless in this repertory, while Huw demonstrates that his sparkling playing can be as effective in music of this period as it is so regularly in contemporary repertoire. They lavish great care and good sense on everything here...”
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 4 October 2012
“...Quite frankly, this is a marvellous release: for the intriguing music, the superb performances and the first-class sound ...”
Colin Anderson – International Record Review – October 2012
No User Reviews Found.